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Have you received an email from "GLOBAL SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY WINNINGS PROGRAMS" telling you that "your e-mail address attached to ticket number... ....won you the lottery in the 2nd category". It is a scam. Of course, NO lottery selects winners from "email addresses". No organization, anywhere, is going to hand out millions of dollars or pounds to random strangers, who did not buy a ticket, simply because they had an email address in a computer somewhere.
Below is another example of a fake lottery; this email claims to be from the "GLOBAL SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY WINNINGS PROGRAMS".
Note the additional usual clues to an obvious fraud that we have highlighted in the letter, such as the use of free email accounts (like Yahoo, Hotmail, Excite, AIM, etc.), misspellings, poor grammar and syntax, strange and erratic use of capitalization, claims that "your email address was attached to winning ticket..." or "winners were selected by a computer ballot draw system", etc.
And for a similar example using the same names, see this page.
From : Mrs.Kate Watters < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Reply-To : email@example.com
Sent : Wednesday, February 28, 2007 9:39 PM
To : undisclosed-recipients:
Subject : Your E-Mail Address Have Won $600,000.00
GLOBAL ONLINE SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY,
We happily announce to you the draw of the Global Online Sweetstake Lottery International programs held on the 27th of February 2007 in Amsterdam Holland. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 564 75600545-188 with serial number 5388/02 drew the lucky numbers: 31-6-26-13-35-7,which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of $600,000.00(Six hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in cash credited to file RPC/9080118308/04 made available from a total cash prize of US $11 Million dollars, shared amongst the first SIX (6) lucky winners in this category. All participants were selected randomly from world wide web sites through a computer drawn system and extracted from over 100,000 companies. This promotion takes place annually.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Africabooklet representative in Abuja Nigeria as indicated in your play coupon, In view of this, your $600,000.00 (Sixr hundred Thousand Dollars)would be released to you by our affiliate bank in Abuja Nigeria as soon as you establish contact, Please be warned. To file for your claim, please contact by email first our fiduciary agent: Barrister Ali Ibrahim, Abuja Nigeria, Email Addressis:( firstname.lastname@example.org )
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, you are to contact the fiduciary agent in Nigeria with the followings details above. Your full names, contact address, age, private telephone/fax number and occupation. Quote your Ticket number reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated agent.
Mrs Kate Watters
GLOBAL SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY.